July, 2020

Bonfire of Profanities by Fra Hughes

As the fires burn out the embers continue to smoulder. Each year around the twelfth of July, law-abiding citizens have to put up with sectarian bonfires, marches, closed roads, illegal potentially life-threatening street fires and the ever-present threat of violence. For the last several years the New Lodge Road area has witnessed significant violence between the state […]

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Update Venezuela by Fra Hughes

There is a radical quarantine in place in Venezuela at the present time as the COVID 19 Coronavirus appears to gain a foothold in the country. The fear at this time is for the Barios, in the capital Caracas, which may be susceptible to the virus, as they are among the most densely populated and […]

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The over-the-limit car-crash that is Fianna Fáil

It’s beginning to look like a Kennedy family thing.  Bernard Cowen  was a Fianna Fail TD and Minister of State back in the day. His da was a Fianna Fáil  councillor. Brian Cowen was a Fiannna Fáil Taoiseach, brought low by, among other things,  a half-awake moment after a night of drink and craic. And […]

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Northern Ireland regional government in crisis by Fra Hughes

The devolved regional assembly of Northern Ireland which sits at Stormont the building which previously housed the N Ireland government from 1922 to 1972 is in crisis. The precipitation something as ordinary as a funeral  something that happens every day all over the world but this was no ordinary funeral  This was the funeral of Bobby Storey […]

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Pat + Jude Zoom-chat about the Twelfth and Jack Charlton

Some topics you have to hunt down, others are so in your face, it’s impossible to ignore them. So today’s Zoom-chat couldn’t possibly ignore The Twelfth (and not just because it’s my birthday). Similarly, it couldn’t avoid one Englishman that practically every Irish person liked to the verge of idolatry: Jack Charlton. Just saying his […]

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Congressional briefing by Fr Sean McManus

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFINGDistributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus“ How sad to see the continuing, enduring, and historically constant theme of the Orange Bonfires in Northern Ireland: anti-Irish racism and sectarian  disrespect and hatred for Catholics/Nationalists/Republicans. The acronym, “KAT,” mentioned in this pullout quote and article stands for ‘Kill All Taigs’— Taigs being the pejorative name for Catholics. […]

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